Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez viciously stopped Billy Joe Saunders to unite the WBC, WBA and WBO titles in the super middleweight division in Texas.
The Mexican star landed a huge uppercut to inflict a nasty swelling around Saunders ’right eye, which didn’t come out in the ninth round at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
After a firefight, Saunders frustrated Canel with his slippery southern paw skills, but his dashing resistance was suddenly broken by the four-time champion consolidating his status as No. 1 fighter.
By stabbing a quick kick, Saunders sought his range in the opening round, but Canelo glanced at his brute force by punching the body.
The straight right forced Saunders into heels in the second round as Canelo turned his strength, causing a noise of delight from his loud support.
Saunders defiantly shook his head after enduring a right-handed blow in the third, and then responded in the fourth with clusters of precise punches.
The left hook broke through Canel’s guard as Saunders swung his heel, even sticking out his tongue after he landed in the sixth with sharper counterattacks.
The irritation crept into Canel, who was rounded up by the elusive Saunders in the seventh.
But a huge uppercut staggered the Briton in the eighth, and Canelo orchestrated the crowd with his fist before punishing the swollen eye of Saunders.
After that brief, brutal attack, Saunders could not continue, and his coach Mark Tibbs waved his hand to signal another World Cup triumph for Canel.